[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral / Scientist positions open at the MIT Center for Extreme Bionics

Elliott Rouse erouse at media.mit.edu
Fri Aug 1 13:43:32 PDT 2014


Professor Hugh Herr and the Center for Extreme Bionics at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology seek *three *postdoctoral / research scientist
candidates to develop leading edge bionic systems.

The Center for Extreme Bionics will develop the fundamental science and
technology that will allow for biomechatronic and regenerative repair
across a broad range of disabilities.  The Center’s research aims include
neural implant design for bidirectional signaling from the brain and
peripheral nervous systems, as well as the development of the next
generation of biomechatronic and regenerative body parts.



Open Positions:


*1*. *Pattern Recognition Specialist.* The project entails development of
an onboard intrinsic control system for a bionic transtibial prosthesis
that is capable of automatically detecting walking speed and terrain. The
developed intrinsic system will also interface with a muscle
electromyography controller to further enhance speed and terrain
versatility.

The candidate should have:

   - Ph.D. in engineering, computer science or closely related field
   - Strong background in machine learning and signal processing
   - Ideally, prior research experience in biomechanics and modeling of
   human walking
   - Substantial experience with robotic hardware, in particular
   programming embedded systems
   - Strong publication record in peer-reviewed technical journals



*2.* *Neuromuscular Modeler*: The project entails development of a
neuromechanical model of human walking that predicts kinetics, kinematics,
energetics and electromyography across walking speeds.  Secondly, a control
system will be developed for a bionic transfemoral prosthesis that
implements the neuromuscular model in the hardware controller in real-time.

The candidate should have:

   - Ph.D. in engineering, computer science, biomechanics or closely
   related fields
   - Strong background in biophysical / neuromuscular modeling of animal or
   human movement
   - Experience in modeling forward / inverse kinematics and dynamics of
   multi-body kinematic chains
   - Experience with robotic control systems and programming embedded
   systems
   - Strong publication record in peer-reviewed technical journals



*3.*  *Electromechanical Designer*: The project entails design and
implementation of wearable robotic leg devices to advance human performance.
Specifically, novel electric motor topologies will be characterized and
implemented within transtibial and transfemoral prosthetic leg mechanisms.

The candidate should have:

   - Ph.D. in mechanical / electrical engineering or closely related field
   - Strong background in precision machine design
   - Training in control theory
   - Experience in novel electric actuation design for limb robotics
   - Strong publication record in peer-reviewed technical journals


*Starting dates:*

November 2014 at the earliest


*How to apply:*

Candidates should send an email with the desired position in the subject
line. Additionally, please include a cover letter, a brief description of
background and career plans, CV, and the names and contact information for
at least three references. These documents should be submitted as a single
pdf attachment to: biomechatronics-candidates at mit.edu.
<biomechatronics-candidates at mit.edu>  More information about the group can
be found at biomech.media.mit.edu.


Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, starting immediately, and
will be accepted until the position is filled. For full consideration, we
recommend that you apply early.



Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action employer and applications from women and underrepresented minorities
are strongly encouraged.


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